Kei. Family Matters

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the first novella in the Deamhan universe. Kei. Family Matters, takes place shortly after the first novel, Deamhan.  After being dethroned as head Deamhan in Minneapolis, Kei travels south, looking for the only person he feels would help him in his plan to retake the city. He’s vulgar, unconcerned, and downright uncontrollable because in the end, he believes that he’s the only one can secure his future. **Kei. Family Matters is free for subscribers starting December 2nd, 2013. The coupon code will be in December’s newsletter** Kellie Dennis from Book Cover By Design did an amazing job on the cover! I really admire her work and if you haven’t, I suggest checking out her site. Kei. Family Matters Deamhan Tales #1 Cover: Kellie Dennis. Book Cover By Design Pages: 41 Release Date: December 2nd, 2013 Price: 0.99 Format: E-book (Exclusive Print)     For decades, I singularly helped strengthen the Deamhan in Minneapolis, and made sure that all the vampires feared us. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, Lugat – I looked out for everyone. No one before me had the guts to stand up to the humans and vampires like I did. If it weren’t for me, Deamhan would’ve left that city in fear a long time ago. Everything was fine until my sibling, Selene, arrived. She released my sire, Lucius, from Limbo, and all hell broke loose. They massacred my supporters and dethroned me. Now, with his minions rallying behind Lucius like he’s their messiah, Selene and he chase me to the ends of the earth. They erroneously believe that by capturing me, they will exact justice from me for my crimes. Little do they know that nothing can keep me away from Minneapolis, the city I built from the ground up. I’m going nowhere. The city belongs to me, Kei; and only I can redeem it. EXCERPT   Moving in breakneck speed, I grabbed the knife and phone from her grasp and threw them to the ground. I did all of this before she had the chance to blink. Her mouth widened enough to catch flies, showing a side of fear in humans that I loved seeing. “See what I did there Bobbi?” Shell-shocked, she didn’t reply. “I know you saw it. Tell me you saw it.” I wanted to hear her say it but she didn’t speak a word. “I can make you into what I am. I can make you immortal. You’ll be fast, strong, and unafraid of anyone and anything.” “What?” She spoke in a high squealed voice. “I can make you immortal. It’s easy really.” I paused. “Well, actually it isn’t. Some humans don’t survive the transformation.” I scanned her. “But you look suitable I guess. So, you want me to?” She screamed and lashed out at me. She drove her fingernails into my skin, creating long scratch marks that healed immediately. Angered, I grabbed her by her arm and easily tossed her across the kitchen. Her back smacked against the fridge and she fell to the floor. “I guess I can’t make you.” I walked over to her. “Stupid move, Bobbi. If someone offered immortality to me, I’d take it in a heartbeat.” I knelt beside her and she lazily raised her head. “Well, actually I did and I don’t have a heartbeat.” I slipped my hand underneath her chin and raised her head. “I’ll give you a second chance, that’s it. Bobbi, do you want to be immortal?” I’ve sired plenty humans in my time; too many to count, and not once did I regret doing so. Each human served me in different ways. Nashoba was my getaway card. Bobbi would be my…well, maybe she could be my extra pair of eyes while I remained town, if she awoke from her transformation in time. The more humans a Deamhan sired, the more support they had, even if Deamhan weren’t known to be reliable. Broken bonds didn’t matter. I waited for her to throw herself at the offer but instead she opened her mouth and she screamed again. And again. And again. She wailed, trying to move her body away from mine. Tears poured down her face. She moved my hand away from her face and she raised herself up by using the fridge as support. “Please, don’t hurt me.” I stood up slowly. “I didn’t say anything about hurting you. I asked you if you want to be immortal. Are you not listening?” She tried to run by me, but I blocked her way. She moved to the left and I followed her. “I have money. It’s in my room. Just please don’t kill me.” “I don’t want your money.” I exhaled loudly and grinded my teeth. “Please, just go. I won’t tell anyone, I swear.” This turned into a cat and mouse chase and frankly, I was bored with repeating myself. I reached out, grabbed her by her scraggly hair, and pulled back, yanking with such force that I heard her neck snap. I let go and her body fell to the floor like a limp noodle. Standing over her, I took the time to admire my handy work until I realized that I had just killed a potential meal. “Damn it Bobbi,” I snarled as I kicked her corpse. “Look what you made me do.”

September Updates – Blog Tour, Novel Issues, Deamhan Tales

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I haven’t posted a blog in a few weeks. I’ve been extremely busy, dealing with my novel, fixing issues with my novel, and preparing for the blog tour. #1. The blog tour started this week. If interested I’ve posted the dates on my website. Just click on the “Deamhan Blog Tour” tab above or you can click here. Don’t miss your chance to enter the raffle and win some amazing prizes, including a $50 Amazon Gift card. Free swag is always a plus! #2. A few readers have been so kind to let me know about the issues in my novel, Deamhan. I honestly don’t know what happened and neither does the publisher. At the moment, we’re working hard on getting those issues fixed. I have to admit. I was depressed for a few days after learning that my baby had simple errors, and I mean simple. Errors I’ve never made in my life (waist instead of waste.) I wanted to bury myself in a hole in the middle of nowhere. I know for a fact (and I looked back at the manuscript before it was edited) that the spelling errors weren’t there. But other authors reassured me that this happens all the time and unfortunately I was just one of many that experienced this. Still, it’s unfortunate and just thinking about it upsets me. Thank you all for understanding this dilemma. #3. I’d like to welcome new followers and fans! I’ve received some helpful feedback on how I can improve my presence over the web. As a new author, it’s hard to acquire fans. Humans stick to what and who they know. Thank you all for making me feel welcomed! Both of my Facebook pages have received tons of likes in the past few days and weeks as well, which is exciting! If you haven’t liked them, check the column on the right and please like! You can also sub to my newsletter. I’m going to start giving away some neat prizes for subscribers only! #4. Somehow I’ve managed to finish the free short story of the Deamhan Tales promised to my newsletter subscribers. Kei. Family Matters is 14,000 words. I haven’t decided on the cover and I haven’t handed the manuscript to the editor, but I’m really excited about these tale. I think you will be too. This will be free. Yes, you heard me! Free! Subscribers will get first dibs. For those not subscribed, don’t worry. I’ve planned to release to the public a month after its initial release.  

Deamhan Available for Preorder!!!!

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I’m happy to announce that you can now preorder my novel, Deamhan from Amazon! This is awesome news! Very excited! Also, check out the trailer for the book now live on youtube! I have some more exciting news. The first episode in Sphere, The Carriers, is now available for free on Amazon and the second book, The Bond, is now available for purchase! So far I’ve received some great feedback and advice from writers and readers about the first episode which is still free on Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.  With my novel Deamhan being released next week, I haven’t pushed this serial as much as I’d like. I’m not writing this for profit. It’s more like an experiment to see where it goes. Plus I love the covers! If you have purchased or downloaded the serial for free, please leave a review. Thank you! Sphere The Bond Episode Two   As a new Carrier in training, Tayla has a lot to learn. Still unable to accept that her mother who walked out on her and her father years ago was a Carrier herself, her new friends, Darrien, Sina, and Iris, began to reveal how important her mother was in the Carrier world. However, their explanations only create more questions about her mother and why she secretly passed her gift onto Tayla at such a young age. Still trying to get used to the fact that her gift is the strongest gift that any Carrier could possess, Tayla finds herself the center of an up and coming war between Light and Dark Carriers. She meets Cody, Darrien’s older brother and enemy who tells her that not only will her gift bring destruction if she chooses a side, but by not choosing a side she can be like him – a Rogue Carrier with no allegiance. Learning now that her power can tip the scales in the up and coming war Tayla is forced to choose. Will she fight for the Light Carriers or will she fight for the Dark Carriers? spherenovel.com

Release Date for The Bond (Sphere, Episode Two)

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First I’d like to give a special thanks to those who’ve purchased the first episode, The Carriers, on Smashwords and Amazon. I can’t thank you enough! Honestly, I was surprised at how many downloads of the book I had, especially on Amazon since you can purchase the book for free on Smashwords by using code KX55E. If you liked the episode (or hated it) remember to post your review on Amazon. I appreciate the emails I’ve received but please, share your thoughts with others on the website. That could make a huge difference for others who may be undecided about purchasing the episode. Also, it also helps me to know what I’m doing right or wrong and how I can improve as an author! With that being said, I planned on releasing each episode of my serial every two weeks. However, I’ve been behind this past week (going to Orlando and watching the EVO Video Game Tournament.) So I’ve decided to set the release date for the next episode titled “The Bond” for August 7th, 2013. I’ve also decided to skip Smashwords this time and stick directly to Amazon.   Synopsis As a new Carrier in training, Tayla has a lot to learn. Still unable to accept that her mother who walked out on her and her father years ago was a Carrier herself, her new friends, Darrien, Sina, and Iris, began to reveal how important her mother was in the Carrier world. However, their explanations only create more questions about her mother and why she secretly passed her gift onto Tayla at such a young age. Still trying to get used to the fact that her gift is the strongest gift that any Carrier could possess, Tayla finds herself the center of an up and coming war between Light and Dark Carriers. She meets Cody, Darrien’s older brother and enemy who tells her that not only will her gift bring destruction if she chooses a side, but by not choosing a side she can be like him – a Rogue Carrier with no allegiance. Learning now that her power can tip the scales in the up and coming war Tayla is forced to choose. Will she fight for the Light Carriers or will she fight for the Dark Carriers? Purchase links are coming soon!

The Week my Writing Schedule Went to Sh*t

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I had my writing schedule planned for this week. I knew what I’d work on and revise. By Friday (today) I expected to be about 15,000 words in on the third novel in the Deamhan series (untitled at the moment,) and about halfway through the second episode in the Sphere series . . . I’m so far away from my goal. At first I felt depressed then I decided that no writing goal is perfect.  I went to the gym, worked out with my personal (and cute) trainer, and released some tension. This is how I felt all this week, writing  the third book in the Deamhan series (which is technically the fourth book if you count Maris. The Brotherhood Files)   This is how I felt revising the second episode in the Sphere series But this is how I feel today after returning from the gym. I’ve been on a nonstop roll. I forced myself to take a thirty minute break, playing some COD: Black Ops 2 Zombies on my Xbox, to give my mind some time to relax. So I guess this week hasn’t been that bad after all. Along with this, I have another reason to celebrate! The website for my upcoming novel from Rainstorm Press titled “Deamhan” went live a few days ago! If you haven’t already, you can go to the website by clicking the “deamhan” tab above or you can click here. Every week I’ll reveal two character profiles on the site, leading up to the official release of the novel! So please, stop by and check it out! NOTE: By the way, these writertopia images are fantastic! You can find them here along with other writing tools!

Spreading the Good News!

I just received the edits back for Deamhan and I have to say, I’m having a blast going through my novel and reading the editor’s comments. I’m ecstatic that Charlotte Gledson, the editor loves it! From the look of what she wrote in her email, she really enjoyed it! Her personal webpage is http://www.darkfictionediting.co.uk/ I highly recommend her! She’s awesome at what she does. This is very exciting. It just makes my faith in my work all the stronger!I hope to get through these edits in about two weeks. If things work out well, I should have a set publication date for my novel from my publisher soon! Also, I’ve received eight chapters for The Carriers, my novella. I was so scared to open the emails because this is my first attempt at writing a novella. I’ve received great feedback from the editor along with important things I’ve either missed or described too much of. I’m currently writing the second installment and I have to admit, it’s killing me. When it comes to writing, I prefer 70,000 – 85,000 word novels. However, that doesn’t mean that I’ll try writing almost anything. The shortest piece I wrote was about 323 words which was published online a few years ago. I never thought that writing something this short would prove to be so hard. It’s a learning process which I plan to overcome! I also received a rough draft of the cover for the novella. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted and I can’t wait for the finished product! Damn, I love being a writer!

Update

I never knew writing a novella could be so hard. That realization slapped me in the face. I finished my very first novella, Sphere, and right now it’s in the hands of an editor. I’ve already contracted my boyfriend’s brother for the cover design, which is coming along nicely. I’m shooting for a mid June 2013 release. I was actually hoping to release the novella in late June but I’ll be in Orlando for a video game tournament which I’ll probably participate in myself. With that being said, I’m going to start releasing a few pages here and there of the novel on my blog as well as my Facebook page in anticipation for the release of the novella.  As for Deamhan, my publisher Rainstorm Press has been very helpful in making sure my questions are answered when it comes to the editing and the release date. I have yet to receive any edits, but we’re only in the first round and it’s only been a week. Patience is a virtue.